Blues make early cup exit despite brave effort

Action from  Kirkcaldy's clash  with Dundee HSFP on Saturday. Pic: Michael Booth
Action from Kirkcaldy's clash with Dundee HSFP on Saturday. Pic: Michael Booth
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Kirkcaldy 3 Dundee HSFP 36

The outcome of this first round BT Cup tie was hardly unexpected, either in result or margin of victory, but Kirkcaldy competed well for large portions of the game.

With inexperience in every department, Kirkcaldy faced a much more physically imposing outfit who had finished close to the play off in the second tier last season.

There was little between the teams in the early stages with Dundee making a series of unforced errors against some good Kirkcaldy defensive work. So when Jamie Moffat put the Blues into a 10th minute lead it was hardly against the run of play.

This three point advantage didn’t last long. Good support play isolated Kirkcaldy defenders to give flanker Jonny Petty a clear 40 metre run to the posts, with Harry Millar adding the extra points.

Millar quickly added a penalty to give the visitors a 10-3 lead at the mid-point of the first half.

The Blues lost Chris Mann to the bin at this stage but even when shorthanded they continued to take the game to their opponents.

A rampaging run from flanker Dayle Turner took the ball deep into the Dundee 22 before the attack petered out through lack of support.

This remained a problem for Kirkcaldy throughout the game and at least four try chances were spurned.

Dundee were always prepared to attack from deep and as the first half neared its end they looked increasingly dangerous.

Just before the break, a slack tackle gave away advantage on the Dundee left with full back Nick Alston finding himself unmarked as he went to the goal line.

No conversion left the score 15-3 at half time.

Two quick fire Dundee tries immediately after the re-start from Ollie Cain and Alan Dymock, both converted by Millar, effectively ended the contest.

With a succession of injuries Kirkcaldy had to use their bench to the full but fought for every ball, again blunting the Dundee attack which was now full of confidence.

Chances again came Kirkcaldy’s way, but generally erratic passing and support work were at fault.

With less than five minutes left, after a huge effort which had kept the scoreboard quiet for half an hour, Kirkcaldy, in exhaustion, surrendered the ball leaving Donald Sangster to stroll from half way for the easiest of tries with Millar again converting.

Kirkcaldy: F Smith, C Mann, I Gillies, M Wallace, A Brooks, J Moffat, G McKenzie, M Thomson, J Pow, M Salt, C Woods, M Harvey, S Milne, D Turner, L Neilson. Replacements: G Queen, K Hollingsworth, G Neilson, C Parsons

Dundee HSFP: N Alston, D Smith, M O’Sullivan, T Kavanagh, O Cain, H Millar, A Dymock, J Sloan, D Russell, A Brown J Mulligan, M Harland, G Arnott, J Petty, D Sangster. Replacements: G Feighan, W Brown, J Gibson, C Bowie, C Blackmore.

Referee: C Clark (WSRRS)

Star Check: 3 Connor Woods, 2 Liam Neilson, 1 Jack Pow.